VILLUM FONDEN aims to support the advancement of talented postdoc women in their research careers.

Applicants must be recommended and endorsed by their home institution.

Female scientists in university career positions (assistant, associate and full professor) are under-represented. Just one out of seven science and technology professors in Denmark is a woman. The further up the academic career ladder you go, the fewer women you find. The gender imbalance means, first of all, that we miss out on talented women in academia. Secondly, it means less diverse workplaces and research environments.

To increase the number of female scientists Villum International Postdoc Programme makes grants to talented women at the transition from PhD to postdoc, where we begin to see large numbers of female scientists leaving science and technology.

Applicants should pursue and independent research career and plan for a stay abroad, followed by a return to a Danish research institution. Establishing an international perspective and network early on is crucial for a young scientist. It’s beneficial for their careers and for science in general.

The programme is earmarked for female scientists for five years in the period of 2019-2023.

A total of DKK 15 million has been allocated for the programme in 2021.

Who can apply?
Excellent female scientists who are about to or have just obtained their PhD in Denmark within the technical and natural sciences. Danish citizenship is not a requirement. Please note that the program can only be applied for by invitation and recommendation from your faculty and department.

When administering grants, the foundation relies on the legal gender at the date of application.

The program will be announced annually from 2019-2023. We will announce the next call in February 2022 with an application deadline in May 2022.

Grant amount?
The grant amount which can be applied for is DKK 1-2.5 million. All grant amounts include up to 15% for indirect project costs. VILLUM FONDEN additionally provides funds for family support based on an individual assessment by the host department and the international office at the host university.

Time frame
The time frame is three years, including a one to preferably two year stay abroad, followed by a return to a Danish research institution of about one year.

Approval of grant
The duration of the process will be approx. three months from application to grant.

The application process
Unsolicited applications are not accepted. Applicants must be recommended and endorsed by their Danish faculty and department.

Applications are evaluated on the sole criterion of scientific excellence. Grantees will be selected by the foundation's Working group for technical and natural sciences and approved by the board of the foundation.

Latest call: Villum International Postdoc 2021

Please note that application deadline has passed. Deadline was 5 May 2021, 2 PM.


Villum International Postdocs 2020:

Six female scientists kick-start their careers. 

Villum International Postdocs 2020:

Eight researchers secure grants.